Meg Whitman’s illegal housekeeper

Meg Whitman, former CEO of e-Bay, is pushing back hard against allegations that she knowingly hired an illegal immigrant as a household employee. Whitman, the GOP nominee for governor of California, is locked in a tight race with Jerry Brown, the state’s attorney general and one-time governor. And, like most GOP candidates, Whitman has run on a campaign of cracking down on illegal immigration.

In a statement, Whitman said:

“After nine years of faithful service, Nicky came to us in June 2009 and confessed that she was an illegal worker,” the statement reads. “Nicky had falsified the hiring documents and personal information she provided to the employment agency that brought her to us in 2000. Nicky told me that she was admitting her deception now because she was aware that her lie might come out during the campaign. Nicky said she was concerned about hurting my family and me.

“As required by law, once we learned she was an illegal worker, I immediately terminated Nicky’s employment. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I considered Nicky a friend and a part of our extended family.”

She was responding to allegations made by Nicky Diaz, who had once worked for Whitman as housekeeper, nanny and occasional driver. Watch Diaz’s press conference:

I thought Whitman made a very credible argument: She hired Diaz through an employment agency, and Diaz had given the agency documents showing she was a legal worker. The documents turned out to be falsified, but I don’t blame Whitman for that. Whitman later fired Santillan when she learned she was in the country illegally. So far, so good.

But Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez has some excellent questions about what Whitman did after that:

But wait a minute. The no-nonsense candidate who opposes a path to legal citizenship, and wants the government to go after businesses that hire illegal immigrants, didn’t feel the need to report the housekeeper to authorities when she confessed?

What did she think might happen? That the housekeeper would go back where she came from? That someone else would hire her not knowing she was illegal?

Or did she maybe think to herself, privately, of course, that the housekeeper was a decent person trying to live a better life in a country where wealthy people like Whitman are all too happy to hire them, and not terribly inclined to probe their backgrounds?

What did the Whitmans pay the housekeeper, by the way?

If Whitman is as determined to curb illegal immigration as she claims in her gubernatorial campaign, you’d think she would have called immigration authorities immediately to arrange for Diaz’s deportation.

280 comments Add your comment

Bob

September 30th, 2010
7:51 am

Gloria Alred is a joke ! The last time we saw her she had a crying porn star client complaining about Tiger woods not being faithful to her. Gloria, take your freak show elsewhere

Peadawg

September 30th, 2010
7:57 am

Nicky’s lying ars should be deported, period. End of story. We don’t need more lying criminals.

And Cynthia wants to give these people an easier path to citizenship……….

Keep up the good fight!

September 30th, 2010
8:12 am

What part of “illegal” does Whitman not understand? Why did she NOT report the business? Why did she not go to the authorities? What is she hiding?

Falsified bankruptcy documents, hiring illegals, racist finch reports, faked education credits, hiding pedophile clergy issues,failing to make required financial disclosures. And the list goes on. Wow that is some crop of Tea Mice/Republicans. What was that slogan? Vote out the crooks and liars. I missed the part where they said “and vote in our crooks and liars.”

Perfect

September 30th, 2010
8:20 am

I saw this story yesterday and immediately I thought, “Perfect, now the folks who WANT open borders and who WANT illegal immigration are going to use this to try and defeat Whitman.” Thanks for proving my thoughts correct Ms. Tucker.

P.S. BTW, I figured that someone who despises lies and the politics of personal destruction would surely feel compelled to blog about the malicious false ads that Congressman Grayson has pulled out against his opponent in Florida. I guess you are only outraged when a (R) does it!

Keep up the good fight!

September 30th, 2010
8:23 am

Allred said that Whitman ignored a 2003 letter from the Social Security Administration notifying her of discrepancies in the Social Security number that Diaz provided.

So despite denials, there are allegations that Whitman knew her housekeeper was here unlawfully but it did not matter until 2009 when Whitman decided to run and THEN fired her.

sean smith

September 30th, 2010
8:26 am

Whitman who is a multi millionaire many times over has only herself to blame for this mess. Why didn’t she hire a person who was clearly an American and spoke with no spanish accent??? Because it would have cost more. I am tired of the richest amongst us living like kings but wanting to hire personal staff for the absolute cheapest. The worst offenders are rich folks hiring nannies. And before you say that an american wont do that work, its really that americans don’t want to work unlimited hours with few benefits as someones personal slave. I have seen the way many rich people treat their staff and its jut a step above slavery. Whitman is no better.

Keep up the good fight!

September 30th, 2010
8:28 am

Perefct….looks like your position is “vote according to my claimed position, not according to my acts?” Like the Republicsns who as you to believe in their “family values” while they are out with their mistress or hookers, so I guess this is a part of the “border values”. Somehow it sounds like getting the shaft is always a part of these values.

Paul

September 30th, 2010
8:30 am

Nicely presented.

Regarding where Mr. Lopez introduced conjecture not supported by the evidence: “Or did she maybe think to herself, privately, of course, that the housekeeper was a decent person trying to live a better life in a country where wealthy people like Whitman are all too happy to hire them (by going through an employment agency and receiving apparently-proper documentation) , and not terribly inclined to probe their backgrounds (repeat same observation)?

“If Whitman is as determined to curb illegal immigration as she claims in her gubernatorial campaign, you’d think she would have called immigration authorities immediately to arrange for Diaz’s deportation.”

Or maybe this is just another example of how politicians will take positions designed to appeal to the majority of voters, but who, during the campaign or after election, move towards a more centrist position? If that’s the case, Ms. Whitman may not be quite so rigid as some would think.

Scout

September 30th, 2010
8:31 am

Cynthia:

Your thread is pretty pathetic this morning :

“If Whitman is as determined to curb illegal immigration as she claims in her gubernatorial campaign, you’d think she would have called immigration authorities immediately to arrange for Diaz’s deportation.:

But your liberals don’t want the LOCAL POLICE to be able to do the same thing.

How hypocritical can you be !!!

Peadawg

September 30th, 2010
8:31 am

Keep,

It seems like the illegal worker obtained documents from someone that made her look legal. That’s not Whitman’s fault. This should be on whatever agency gave her the documents.

Paul

September 30th, 2010
8:34 am

Perfect

That Rep Grayson ad (’submit to me”), is, by any rational definition, a lie. Which makes Rep Grayson a liar.

And reprehensible.

I used to think he was the Democratic equivalent of Michelle Bachmann. You know, canny, playing the audience, making outrageous comments to get his face on tv and attract more donations.

No more. Rep Bachmann’s a saint by comparison.

LeeH1

September 30th, 2010
8:36 am

So, how much did she pay the maid? What benefits did she pay? And did she pay the woman’s Social Security tax as well?

Moe

September 30th, 2010
8:37 am

Hey Tucker – Do they actually pay you to write this drivel?

Keep up the good fight!

September 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Pea…it is her fault if she knew when the SSA wrote her and asked questions. It is her fault if she failed to report the business to the authorities. It is her fault if she faile to report the woman to the authorities. If you are going to demand that “Nicki be deported” then you should also demand that those who aided and abetted her by continuing to pay her after they knew she was here illegally (if the allegations are true) or by their own admission terminating her after learning of her illegal status but not taking other acts to stop the criminal.

Sort of like saying “yea my driver robbed a bank, but I quit letting him drive me to work the minute I found out. Sure I didn’t report him, but I fired him.”

Peadawg

September 30th, 2010
8:43 am

“It is her fault if she failed to report the business to the authorities. It is her fault if she faile to report the woman to the authorities. ”

I agree with that and everything else you said. But I don’t think she knowingly hired an illegal worker. Once she found out, she fired her. But yes she should have reported her and the agency to the authorities.

Perfect

September 30th, 2010
8:44 am

@ Keep … No, I am not a kool-aid drinker (like Ms. Tucker and yourself) who only drinks whatever the (D’s) are serving up and bashes whatever the (R’s) do. There is plenty of hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. It is simply hilarious to me that someone like Ms. Tucker would make political hay against Meg Whitman for handling a situation in the EXACT way Ms. Tucker would have handled it. Do you believe that Ms. Tucker would have reported this woman to immigration officials? If you do, then you are dumber than your posts make you look.

Peadawg

September 30th, 2010
8:45 am

Cynthia, just curious…do you think Nicky should be deported immediately? Or, “do we need more hard workers like her”?

Perfect

September 30th, 2010
8:52 am

@ Paul. I agree with your assessment about Grayson being a liar. I guess if you are polling behind your opponent then it is ok to take a phrase totally out of context. I guess the “ends justify the means” crowd are only offended when it is used against them. Hypocrites!

Keep up the good fight!

September 30th, 2010
8:52 am

Pea…you have accepted the “defense” raised by Ms. Whitman claiming knowledge only in 2009 and ignored the allegations of prior knowledge. Are you saying that Ms. Whitman, who claims to be smart enough to run the state of California, is not smart enough to figure out the issues from a SSA inquiry and reported discrepancy (and who knows what other allegations may be in the lawsuit on both sides).

Perfect….don’t know what you are perfect at but if it is jumping the shark with conclusions and missing the point of the story…so far you made a perfect arse of yourself. enjoy a slurpee.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 30th, 2010
8:56 am

this is the difference between people and politicians. people live, work, laugh, cry, obey some laws and disobey others. politicians pit people against people so they may assume positions of “authority” which require them to draft and pass laws, but from a place above the law. the ultimate difference is, as this case shows, it is entirely possible two laws were broken; falsified documents AND failure to report. I think it began with jcon and even John Stossel used the rif, but we (the People) are all just like Charie Brown in believing Lucy (the Politicians) will not yank the ball away.

Marie

September 30th, 2010
8:56 am

What part of the illegal worker provided false documentatio to the agency that you people don’t understand. If the agency was duped by this woman as it appears Ms. Whitman was for sometime then just how are they responsible?

I have really had it up to here with folks who want to make other people responsible for the illegal actions and/or lack of integrity for other folks. The questions should be: [1] Why is Nicky here illegally? [2] Why did she provide false documentation to an agency in order to gain employment? [3] Why did she put her employer at risk of violating the law for 9 years? [4] After confessing to being an illegal, why didn’t she turn own self in?

If this woman feels no fear in coming forward and hiring “Ambulance Chaser Allred” then what good would it have done for Ms. Whitman to report her to authorities. And if she had reported her to authorities then Cynthia and other liberals would be writing about what a cruel, cold-hearted *itch Whitman is and all poor Nicky wanted to do was make a better life for herself. So by their wishy-washy standards you’re darned if you do and you’re darned if you don’t.

Paul

September 30th, 2010
8:57 am

Keep up

“ignored the allegations of prior knowledge… don’t know what you are perfect at but if it is jumping the shark with conclusions and missing the point of the story”

I’ll offer the perspective that anyone can allege anything. Your post seems to indicate that the allegation should be accepted as true and those against whom it is made should provide evidence it is not.

Why not hold those who make the allegation to the standard of providing evidence to go along with it?

Eric Pearson

September 30th, 2010
8:57 am

How does Peabrain know who’s lying? And how in the name of God Almighty can that ” Scout” have the intestinal fortitude to call someone else, anyone else, hypocritical? I’m just curious…. and stunned!

Kamchak

September 30th, 2010
8:59 am

She hired Diaz through an employment agency, and Diaz had given the agency documents showing she was a legal worker. The documents turned out to be falsified, but I don’t blame Whitman for that. Whitman later fired Santillan when she learned she was in the country illegally.

Ms. Tucker, this may be a case of, “what did she (Ms. Whitman) know, and when did she know it.”

But Whitman’s former employee says the candidate knew of her immigration status and chose to look the other way. In her statement, Santillan said a letter arrived from the Social Security Administration in 2003 warning the Whitmans that Santillan may be working illegally because her Social Security number was a mismatch. The Whitmans, Santillan alleges, never followed up on the claim.

Damn you Keep at 8:12 (What part of “illegal” does Whitman not understand?). I wanted to say that first.

ctucker

September 30th, 2010
8:59 am

Marie@8:56, If Whitman had turned her in, it shouldn’t matter what I write about her. She would have remained true to her alleged beliefs.

ctucker

September 30th, 2010
9:00 am

Peadawg@8:45, Of course, I don’t believe Nicky should be deported immediately. I’m not running for gov of California on a platform of cracking down on illegal immigration.

Paul

September 30th, 2010
9:00 am

Marie

Other possibility is, the employment agency was the entity behind false documentation or was negligent in verification, IF any verification standards then existed.

There are all sorts of ‘what if’ or ‘this is possible’ in this case. All of them have the same effect – to keep a negative spotlight on Ms Whitman and off her opponent.

ctucker

September 30th, 2010
9:01 am

Perfect@8:44, There is a stark difference between my politics and Whitman’s. I have made it perfectly clear that I don’t believe people like Nicky Diaz should be deported.

marley

September 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Typical republican- do as I say, not as I do…..

ctucker

September 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Moe@8:37, If it’s “drivel,” why are you reading and responding to it?

Peadawg

September 30th, 2010
9:02 am

“Peadawg@8:45, Of course, I don’t believe Nicky should be deported immediately.”

Why not? She’s here illegally(breaking the law) and lied in order to get hired. You think she should be rewarded for that??

willie lynch

September 30th, 2010
9:03 am

Scout,

There’s a difference between Whitman having this person working for her and then “discovering” she was illegal, and having the police stop someone because they look like they might be illegal.

I have met two people from eastern Europe who’s visa’s have expired who are blond haired and look like they might be from Kansas. They won’t ever be stopped for “looking” like an illegal.

People who gloss over the racial component of this particular piece of legislation like to say the “race card” is being played. Profiling individuals to determine citizenship can only be viewed as discriminatory.

ctucker

September 30th, 2010
9:03 am

Scout@8:31, What makes me the hypocrite? I have said repeatedly that I don’t think people like Nicky Diaz should be deported. Whitman has said the opposite.

JohnnyReb

September 30th, 2010
9:04 am

Ms Tucker you wrote – “If Whitman is as determined to curb illegal immigration as she claims in her gubernatorial campaign, you’d think she would have called immigration authorities immediately to arrange for Diaz’s deportation.”

Obviously, since this is your blog, you can post whatever you like as often as you like. However, if you wanted to smear Whitman, or offer up yet another opinion on illegals, this one is not the ticket. Do you think Whitman has no emotional ties with someone who worked for her for 9 years? You propose that when Whitman was faced with no choice but to fire the woman, she should have also turned her in for deportation. If she had, the headlines would be Whitman has no heart. This one seems beneath you.

Obama and company are behind the scenes doing everything possible to let illegals stay in the USA, even to the point of circulating memos on how they can bypass Congress. That the real story. How about a little journalism on it?

Peadawg

September 30th, 2010
9:05 am

Perfect@8:44, There is a stark difference between my politics and Whitman’s. I have made it perfectly clear that I don’t believe people like Nicky Diaz, who come over here illegally and lie and deceive people in order to get hired, should be deported.

FYT.

ctucker

September 30th, 2010
9:06 am

JohnnyReb@9:04, I absolutely do think she has emotional ties to Diaz. But she’s perfectly willing to ignore that part of her humanity in her campaign for governor, isn’t she? She should have turned her in for deportation if she really believes everything she’s been saying on the campaign trail.

Paul

September 30th, 2010
9:07 am

willie lynch

“and having the police stop someone because they look like they might be illegal. ”

In what state or municipality is it legal for police stop someone because they look like they might be illegal?

Keep up the good fight!

September 30th, 2010
9:07 am

Paul…as I pointed out, those were allegations. Ms. Alred, by virtue of her being an attorney, cannot intentionally falsify a claim of a SSA letter, inquiry or whatever. Whether the import of that claim is what she says is up to a court to determine. It is entitled however to the same weight as Ms. Whitman’s allegation that she did not know and what she did when she found out. In all cases, the allegations are not proven yet to the court.

Peadawg

September 30th, 2010
9:08 am

“She should have turned her in for deportation”

Very, very true. Then Cynthia, like the witch you are, you would have written about how poor lying Nicky shouldn’t have been deported and about how heartless Whitman is.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award" much like CT's Pulitzer and Imam Obama's Nobel.

September 30th, 2010
9:09 am

Right, this is a republican problem. What about clinton’s string of attorney general nominees?

Mallory

September 30th, 2010
9:10 am

Ms. Tucker calls into question, Meg Whitman’s bleeding heart liberalism or compassionate conservatism? Laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

Paul

September 30th, 2010
9:12 am

Ms Tucker

“if she really believes everything she’s been saying on the campaign trail.”

Maybe we’re witnessing a change in Ms Whitman, or at least a peek into her true beliefs, that she embraces “”an independent mind…and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of…people”?

:-)

Keep up the good fight!

September 30th, 2010
9:13 am

kam…if it helps…I was “channeling” you when I posted that. Part of the “ilk” code.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award" much like CT's Pulitzer and Imam Obama's Nobel.

September 30th, 2010
9:14 am

I’m sure the left is very proud

“THEY COULDN’T EVEN PASS A BUDGET!”

“Congress flees DC to campaign… ”

“Dems shelve ‘net neutrality’ proposal… ”

“MCDONALD’S May Drop Health Plan; Seeks waiver from ObamaCare… ”

“DEMS FIND BIG DONORS CUTTING SUPPORT… ”

“Dollar Set for Biggest Monthly Loss Since ‘08… “

Sick&Tired

September 30th, 2010
9:15 am

Wow, the conservative nuts will support Nathan Deal at all cost and will continue to support any candidate such as Meg Whitman; who tells them lies about what she thinks should be done with illegal immigrants.

I think the only reason she didn’t report the incident (is because she was afraid in the beginning) that it would be front page news. She didn’t want anyone digging into her hiring practices. Now, that it’s out; she has had time to clean house a bit (pun intended). I bet she checked the status of the lawn professionals, the cooks and anyone else with an “accent” that has been doing work for her family.

dougmo2

September 30th, 2010
9:15 am

JohnnyReb@9:04

There’s a difference between a political hack and a journalist. The question is which one is Cynthia? Judging by her writings, (err cut and pastes) I will go with political hack.

Big D

September 30th, 2010
9:19 am

CT…
This is so pitiful it warrants no involvement of thought….just Liberal crap as usual.

Nothing Is Free

September 30th, 2010
9:20 am

politics is nasty.

jconservative

September 30th, 2010
9:21 am

I will come at this issue(?) with a little different take.

A lot of us feel that if illegal immigration is the big critical problem
some claim it is, then the only solution is to lock up those who hire illegal aliens. The excuse that one did not know just does not hold water. The job of an employer is to know for sure. If you are not sure, do not hire.

Now if illegal immigration is not the big critical problem some claim it is, then lets drop the charade and re-submit the Kennedy-McCain Bill and get it through both houses of congress pronto.

We all know that the of influx illegal aliens will never be stopped until employers are locked up in prison. Period.

And we all know we will never lock up employers for hiring illegal aliens. Period.

But we will continue the charade.

Paul

September 30th, 2010
9:22 am

Keep up

Defense attorneys use many tactics to maintain all their pronouncements are proper. Words like “knowingly” or “intentionally” provide huge outs. I did not say Ms Alred intentionally falsified a claim – all she has to do is repeat a claim to make an allegation. She does not have to make any implications about the truth of the allegation.

“It is entitled however to the same weight as Ms. Whitman’s allegation that she did not know and what she did when she found out.”

That’s an interesting standard. See how it plays out? (Company Buying Office): “Mr. Keep Up, have you honestly represented to us that your products perform according to the literature you’ve provided?”

Mr. Keep Up: “I do.”

Salesman from another company who wants the contract: “I understand Mr. Keep Up knows the literature is false, he never confronted his company’s testing officer with his knowledge and he knows his products won’t do the job.”

Customer: “Mr. Keep Up, we have to give any accusation the same weight as anything you say….”